7 Gut-Healing Foods That Help Tame Inflammation

Alternate among these choices every day for a happier, healthier gut.

August 11, 2016

Feeding your gut foods that will help to heal and ease inflammation is key for a powerfully efficient digestive system. Frozen fruits and vegetables are acceptable, because they're harvested when ripe and have had the opportunity to build a full repertoire of antioxidants and polyphenols. Choose organic produce whenever possible and, if you can, find locally sourced varieties. Avoid canned fruits or vegetables that may have been preserved with sugar or salt. Your gut will thank you for adding the following foods to your diet. 

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This article was originally published by our partners at Rodale Wellness.

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Stick to 1/10 teaspoon daily of cinnamon for a safe and effective dosage.

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Cruciferous Vegetables

Vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and bok choy contain a family of vital nutrients called glucosinolates that are potent polyphenols and particularly useful for lowering inflammation in the intestines. 

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Dark-Colored Fruits

You'll want to reach for dark-colored fruits with a high concentration of polyphenols, such as berries, cherries, and red grapes.

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Green Tea

Anywhere from one to three cups of green tea a day can help to cure inflammation. As a bonus, the weight loss drink is also a prebiotic

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids

These powerhouse nutrients must be acquired through diet, because the body cannot produce them. Among so many other benefits they bring us, they turn on the genes that lower inflammation in the gut. Foods high in omega-3s include grass-fed beef, cold-water fish, seafood, black walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, basil, oregano, cloves, marjoram, and tarragon.

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Parsley can help improve your bone health and urinary health and is one of the healthiest veggies thanks to its gut health benefits. 

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Tomato Juice

Drink five ounces of tomato juice to help your gut, and even help recover after a workout. The vegetable drink is full of antioxidants and lycopene, which balances your glucose levels all day long.

Adapted from The Autoimmune Fix.